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Unique Art by Osborne Macharia

CAPTURE KENYA 2016

Similar to last year I was commissioned by Kenya’s leading Telecom company Safaricom to travel throughout the coastal region for a period of 10 days. The brief was simple on paper ‘This Is My Kenya’ but its never easy once you are on the ground. The project had the agenda of changing the negative stereotype the world has about Kenya despite our issues.

Similar to last year I was commissioned by Kenya’s leading Telecom company Safaricom to travel throughout the coastal region for a period of 10 days. The brief was simple on paper ‘This Is My Kenya’ but its never easy once you are on the ground. The project had the agenda of changing the negative stereotype the world has about Kenya despite our issues.
 Two other teams were sent to other regions in the country and the images we submitted were to be shortlisted for their 2016 calendar. My team consisted of a Blogger, Protégé photographer, Producer and Driver/Locations guide.
Here is a shortlist of our top 12 images, 6 that made it to the official calendar.
Blogger: Magunga Williams
Protégé Photographer: Emmanuel Thuo
Producer: Fortune Ngoiri
Driver/Locations Guide: Muiruri.
THE MINERS – MKUKI MINES, TSAVO
PASSING ON SKILLS TO A YOUNGER GENERATION – MTITO ANDEI TOWN, ON YOUR WAY TO MOMBASA
A MAASAI ELDER AT MZIMA SPRINGS – TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK
GADGET BOY AT BACHUMA – MTITO ANDEI ON YOUR WAY TO MOMBASA
KILLER SMILES OF YOUNG MAASAI GIRLS AT BACHUMA – MTITO ANDEI
99 YEAR OLD GRAND MOTHER AT A SMALL VILLAGE NEAR VOI TOWN
STREET ERA BEAT BOYS DANCE CREW – MALINDI, KENYA
BOYS PLAYING BY THE DUNES – KILIFI
GRANDPA WITH SWAG – VIPINGO SISAL PLANTATION
MR. YUSUF ENJOYING EVENING COFFEE AT JAHAZI RESTAURANT – OLD TOWN, MOMBASA.
EMBRACING DIVERSITY – MOMBASA OLD PORT.

MENGO

Somewhere in downtown Nairobi, in an old abandoned warehouse, is a secret fight club called Mengo. Mengo is not like other fight clubs; its fighters are exclusively people of short stature.

Somewhere in downtown Nairobi, in an old abandoned warehouse, is a secret fight club called Mengo.  Every month, hardcore fighters with years of intense training and fighting meet up for the sole purpose of beating each other up. It doesn’t matter what one does during the day. When darkness falls, it’s time for pain. Mengo is not like other fight clubs; its fighters are exclusively people of short stature.

No one knows who owns or runs the secretive, highly organized underground fight club. It’s been said that it is an elite wealthy group of former fighters that sponsors and manages the network. All we know is that attendance is by invitation only. And an invite means you have to fight.

The first rule of any fight club is, you don’t talk about the fight club. It doesn’t say anything about taking photos.

Concept / Photography: OSBORNE MACHARIA

Props / Styling / Production: KEVIN ABRAHAM

MAU / Special Effects: SHEETAL PATEL (SHEEK ENCHANTMENT)

Hair Stylist: RICHARD KINYUA

Designer: Hannah Wanjiru

Illustrator: JEFF OTIENO

1st Assistant: VICTOR NDALO

2nd Assistant: SARAH MARIE

Videographer: JOSE MUIGAI

Videographer’s Assistant: MURAGE MASOLIA

Character Story: MORRIS OWAAHH

Shot Stature of Kenya President: JOACHIM MWANGI

Security: DAVID WAFULA

Taxi Driver: JOSEPH KINYUA

MPESA Lady: MAMA BOI

Bona Boda guy: KAZUNGU KAZUNGU

Studio Cleaner: JANET KITEME

Food and Catering: LUCIA CATERERS

DJ: PADDY MULWEYE

Photographer’s No.1 Fan: KESHI MACHIRA

MANGALITOS
Height: 140cm
Weight: 52 kgs
Finishing Move: Spinning Back Ng’oto!
No one knows where Mangalitos came from, but everyone knows he has lived in the ring longer than anyone else in the Mengo underworld. He was among the First Ten, an elite group that founded the Mengo Fight Clubs. Now he strides across the underworld as the only person to have ever held all championship tiles. With his fading eye sight, his precious lantern is what guides him home. 
Mangatos’ fighting is a mix of moves, including a whipping move with a chain tied to his right ankle. His finishing move is a sudden “spinning back ng’oto.” 
DUDUS
Height: 132cm
Weight: 45 kgs
Finishing Move: Rain of Pain!
Dudus is the rain of pain! She is armed with a heat-seeking fare (sling shot) and an insatiable thirst to inflict pain on all her opponents. In the ring, Dudus is incredibly fast and tirelessly focused. By the time she begins the rain of pain, the fight is already over. 
First introduced to the ring when she was 10, Dudus is a legend in the Mengo underworld. She is the reigning world champion; her path to victory colored with the screams of her opponents.
MREFU
Height: 141 cm
Weight: 44.23kgs
Finishing Move: Vibare soo!
Mrefu is the immediate former world Mengo champion. He first got into the fight club when he was 5. He spent his entire first decade getting beaten, until he picked a fight with Mende, then the champion of the ring. 
Songs are still sung of how Mrefu the Brave finished off Mende the Beast with a blindingly fast volley of slaps delivered by a hand covered with a metal chain. Mende never saw them coming, and he never recovered from this defeat. Actually, to this day, no one has ever recovered from “Vibare soo!”, Mrefu’s finishing move.
SONKO
Height: 130cm
Weight: 38kgs
Finishing Move: Bladaa! 
No one knows where Sonko came from but one day, he sneaked into the Mengo ring and asked for an opponent. Quiet, focused, and fluid in the ring, Sonko moves like the fight is a dance. He has held the world championship three times in his decade in Mengo, and is most famous for his finishing move, “Bladaa!” It is a sneaky club attack that forces the opponent to back away instinctively, giving Sonko the chance to head butt them so hard that they lose consciousness.
SKETCHES
The visual aids that helped us visualise the project.
SONKO. Illustartion by Jeffery Onyango
MREFU. Illustartion by Jeffery Onyango
MANGARITOS. Illustartion by Jeffery Onyango
DUDUS. Illustartion by Jeffery Onyango

KABANGU

Watchmen by night, hip hop heads by day. This is the story of 4 gentlemen in the heart of Kariobangi (one of Nairobi’s informal settlements) who call themselves ‘KABANGU’. A group of real hip hop heads from the 80’s who meet up regularly to educate and mentor upcoming young talent venturing out into the hip hop industry. They teach them on values such as peace, equality, prosperity and social justice. Little is known about them till now….

Watchmen by night, hip hop heads by day. This is the story of 4 gentlemen in the heart of Kariobangi (one of Nairobi’s informal settlements) who call themselves Kabangu. A group of real hip hop heads from the 80’s who meet up regularly to educate and mentor upcoming young talent venturing out into the hip hop industry. They teach them on values such as peace, equality, prosperity and social justice.
Little is known about them till now….
STYLING / PRODUCTION: Kevin Abbra
MAKE UP: Valary Mdeizi
HAIR STYLING: Richard Kinyua (Strand Africa)
CONCEPT & PHOTOGRAPHY: Osborne Macharia

NYANYE

League of Extravagant Grannies made of retired Corporate and government personnel living the good life.

This is the story of Kenya’s LEAGUE OF EXTRAVAGANT GRANNIES who were once corporate and government leader in the 1970’s but are now retired. They now live the retired high life travelling to exotic and remote areas within Africa to explore, Party and enjoy in exclusivity.
We managed to catch up with 3 of them in Somlia soon after they landed. Little is known about them till now…..
STYLING / PRODUCTION: Kevin Abbra
MAKE UP: Valary Mdeizi
HAIR STYLING: Richard Kinyua (Strand Africa)
CONCEPT & PHOTOGRAPHY: Osborne Macharia
MRS. KAMAU NJUGUNA – FORMER GOVERNOR, CENTRAL BANK OF KENYA (1980-1985)
MRS. S WERE – FORMER ECONOMIST AND PERSONAL ADVISOR TO THE PRESIDENT (1972-1992)
MS. M ADHIAMBO – FORMER MINISTER OF TRADE & INDUSTRY (1972-1980)

 NYWELE ZA KALE

SERIES OF PORTRAITS I DID IN COLLABORATION WITH NEIBAZ FASHION HOUSE.

OLD FOLKS + GREY HAIR
SERIES OF PORTRAITS I DID IN COLLABORATION WITH NEIBAZ FASHION HOUSE.
This is so unbelievable beautiful, I can’t stop watching this…. You can see more his art here.
And follow his instagram (@osborne_macharia, You’ll not regret it.
all credits to Osborne Macharia.
source: k63studio
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